Singapore’s Hippest Hipster Neighborhood

Tiong Bahru

People looking for something different than the usual Singapore malls, the land of mass made clothing and common restaurants, should seek refuge in Tiong Bahru. In order to escape the new  mainstream world, one must travel to past. Tiong Bahru is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Singapore. Developed back in the 1930s during the British colonization. But today, this historic site has been revitalized by people who think differently. Cafes, book stores, vintage stores, bakeries, and pubs have shot up all around the Tiong Bahru area.


Visitors of Tiong Bahru should stop by Yong Siak Street first, since it has a large number of new cafe, stores, and restaurants. Many of them right next to one another. In the picture above, Books Actually, Strangelets, and Ikyu area all next to each other.

Books Actually

73624028-24ac-4662-9c0b-2f4d22b11887wallpaper (1)Books Actually is an independent bookstore that contains a wide collection of books that specializes in Fiction and Literature. What makes this bookstore different from the typical bookstores is the antique, rare, and out-of-print books that they hold. Plus in the back of the store, they have a cool section littered with old archaic trinkets. Ranging from old tapes, coke bottles, film, and cameras. Some of them are for sale, a perfect gift for someone who prefers things from the past. Also, beware of the cat that runs through the store.

Books Actually
9 Yong Siak St, 168645
Mondays: 11am~6pm
Tuesdays~Fridays: 11am~9pm
Saturdays: 10am~9pm
Sundays: 10am~6pm

Plain Vanilla


If you are having a sweet tooth, walk down the street to Plain Vanilla, hailed as one of the best cupcakes in Singapore by multiple food critics and bloggers. And now they are expanding their operation with their second store here in Tiong Bahru. Since they are still constructing their store, one might actually miss the storefront until their nose gets the scent of nearby cupcakes. After the construction is done, visitors will actually be able to see the magic in the kitchen. Recommendations from the online community is to definitely try out the Salted Caramel, Brown Sugar, and Dark Chocolate Ganache. Other best sellers are the Red Velvet, Strawberry White Chocolate, and Milk Chocolate Chip.

Word of warning, make sure you arrive early after its opening, or else the popular cupcakes will most likely be sold out around 2:30PM after the lunch crowd gets to them first.  After that, don’t have high expectation of what they have left. Plus, they only make one batch a day to maintain their standard and quality.  Orders can also be made online through email or calling them up.

Plain Vanilla
1D Yong Siak Street, Singapore 168641
Tuesday to Sunday 12pm to 6pm
Closed on Mondays

Wood in the Books


Yong Siak Street also has something for kids as well, a bookstore! Take a look in here to find a replacement for the iDevices with a nice picture book. This independent bookstore carries picture books for all ages. The owner of the store personally picks the picture books, comics, and graphic novels. Even giving older adults a walk down memory lane as they reminisce about their favorite childhood story book.  They also hold pop-up storybooks, drawings, paintings, prints, and plush toys. They also hold workshop events where kids get together to read and make art!

Woods in the Books
No. 3 Yong Siak Street, Tiong Bahru,, Singapore, Singapore 168642
Monday – Saturdays: 11am-8pm
Sunday & Public Holidays: 11am-6pm

Forty Hands Coffee

Forty Hands

Step into Forty Hands to chill and unwind with a great cup of coffee at hand. A place to relax with some friends as the aroma and sound of baristas crafting your coffee in the background. It is certainly the place to cup for an excellent cup of coffee, cappuccino, or latte. You may think that the fancy shaping of the cream on top of the coffee is all for show. But it actually shows how well it will taste due to the balance of milk and espresso.

For people who pop-in during the afternoon to escape the heat can also order a great selection of gourmet hot dogs. Definitely not your typical hot dog with mustard and kitchen. Choices like the Big Bang hot will will cause an eruption of different flavors and senses that tingles your mouth. The combination of spaghetti bolognese and breakfast scrambled eggs will pleasantly surprise you.

Forty Hands
78 Yong Siak St, #01-12 Tiong Bahru
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturdays: 8am to 7pm
Friday & Saturday: 8am to 10pm
Closed Monday

Social Haus

Social Haus

As the night comes to an end, look towards Social Haus for a cool refreshing drink. A place to come together with friends to sit around and talk. Come in before 8pm for Happy Hour specials for $8-$10 drinks.  There is also a good selection of burgers to choose from to accompany your drink as well.

Social Haus

11 Yong Siak Street, Singapore, 168650
Mon, Wed & Thu: 12pm–11.30pm
Fri: 4pm–midnight
Sat: 11am–midnight

Open Door Policy

Open Door Policy

Open Door Policy continues the Yong Siak’s trendiness with this modern retro gourmet restaurant. A good place for lunch or dinner and on the weekends, brunch. Opening the menu, you will be welcomed to a large selection of delectable choices. You’ll be even more amazed by the presentation, taste, and quality of the foods when it comes out. This is why you must be sure to make a reservation in advance as this place tends to be quite full, especially over the weekend.

Open Door Policy
19 Yong Siak Street, Singapore, 168650
Mon to Sun: 12pm–3.30pm, 6pm–11pm
Weekend brunch: 11am – 4pm
Save me a Spot!



Ikyu is a contemporary look on Japanese dining. Walk into the dark minimalistic interior with ambient lighting around. Creating a mysterious interior that sets the exciting vibe. The same thing can be said about the dishes as well, modern and minimalistic. The food keeps to the simple roots of Japanese foods but includes some western touches.  You wouldn’t expect this high end restaurant in one of the oldest neighborhoods in Singapore. Which is why it makes this hole in the wall even more exclusive. So don’t forget to make yourself a reservation before going.

5 Yong Siak Street, Singapore, 168650
Tues to Sunday: 11:30am-3pm, 6pm-10:30pm
Closed on Mondays
Save me a Spot!

Whenever or wherever you decide to go, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.
And always remember, to skip the queue, use Kaimen to search, reserve, and eat!!!


Table Manners @ Changi City Point

Save yourself a table at this fine establishment with Kaimen!!

Little would I have known that the mall within the clusters of office will be so funky! Along with Table Manners, is a row of restaurants and bars that are perfect for after-hours chilling (and pigging out).
Entrance to the indoor seating area. Al-fresco dining area is available too if you want to soak up the atmosphere from the live music next door!
Table placemats designed specially for quick convo-starters!
Communal table
Good home design ideas!!
Even the napkins are themed! A+ for effort!
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LEFT: Pictures of utensil-styling and funny quotes!
RIGHT: Watermelon Mint Mocktail ($9) – I didn’t expect my drink to turn out yellow but it was definitely a nice change from the usual red ones. It’s a very refreshing drink to kick-start a fantastic meal but too bad the watermelon chunks at the bottom were to chunky to go through the straw. There is…

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National Day Fireworks Viewing Spots 2013 [Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay]

This is part 3 of 3 of the National Day Fireworks Viewing Spots, if you like to see the restaurants from Marina Bay Sands please click here. If you would like to see restaurants from Fullerton Road please click here.


Come to Esplanade to not only gaze upon the quirky Durian design but to go to the top to see the view.
Also filled with a number of restaurants to choose from. Esplanade is easily accessible through the City Hall MRT or Esplanade MRT Station. Expect a 10 minute underground walk.


The view from on top of the Esplanade

Orgo Bar & Lab


Stretch out in Orgo’s rooftop bar as you look above at the fireworks. And have the choice of a multitude of drinks to choose from prepared by Orgo’s master mixologist, Tomoyuki Kitazoe. Orgo is also having a special deal for NDP 2013 for a celebration buffet and birthday drink.
Adults – $120 Children – $60

Orgo Bar
8 Raffles Avenue,
#04-01, Esplanade-Theaters on the Bay, Roof Terrace,
Singapore 039802

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Sauce [American]


Sauce is currently renovating its outdoor dining area just in time for National Day and will be open on the 6th of August. But when it is finally completed, be ready to be amazed by what they have planned, as you sit back and enjoy the fireworks.

8 Raffles Avenue,
#01-10/12 Esplanade Mall,
Singapore 039802

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Equinox [European]

Accessible from City Hall MRT


Step on to the 70th floor of The Stamford and be greeted to a breathing taking view of Singapore. Settle down in the Ming dynasty inspired decor of the restaurant as you choose between some world-class cuisine. All while the fireworks are shooting off in front of you.

Swissôtel The Stamford,
2 Stamford Road, Level 70,
Equinox Complex, Singapore 178882

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No matter where you choose.
Kaimen guarantees that you will have a great time with family and friends under the firework lit sky.
We here at Kaimen wish you an amazing National Day!

And to skip the queue, do yourself a favor and use Kaimen to search, reserve, and eat!

National Day Fireworks Viewing Spots 2013 [Marina Bay Sands Shoppes]

This is part 2 of 3 of the National Day Fireworks Viewing Spots, if you like see restaurants from Fullerton road please click here!


Looking for a place to shop, dine, and gamble, then Marina Bay Sands would be the place to be. Underneath Marina Bay Sands is a line of restaurants that have a waterfront view. Another great place to see the fireworks.
Easily accessible from the Bayfront MRT station.


Wide choice of waterfront restaurants to choose from

The Moluccas Room [Indonesian]


Treat yourself to the taste of Indonesia, one of the best around here in Singapore. Where all of the dishes will tingle your senses. Once you are done, take a look outside or take a stroll outside to see the fireworks.


The view outside of the Moluccas Room.

Moluccas Room
2 Bayfront Avenue, The Shoppes, #01-81,
Singapore 018927

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Yu Cuisine [Chinese]


Yu is a mixture of Chinese foods all put under one roof. Choices like chinese seafood, dimsum, grill and champagne bar can be ordered. So eat to your heart’s content as you celebrate National Day.

Yu Cuisine
10 Bayfront Avenue,
#B1-08/09 The Shoppes @ Marina Bay Sands,
Singapore 018956

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Bazin [European]


The place to celebrate food and drinks. Bountiful selection of international foods and drinks to choose from. Bazin is also offering a National Day special for a three course set meal at $98.

10 Bayfront Avenue,
#L1-84 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands,
Singapore 018972

Sounds Delicious

No matter where you choose.
Kaimen guarantees that you will have a great time with family and friends under the firework lit sky.
We here at Kaimen wish you an amazing National Day!

And to skip the queue, do yourself a favor and use Kaimen to search, reserve, and eat!

National Day Fireworks Viewing Spots 2013 [Fullerton Road]


Singapore National Day 2013 is coming up in less than a week! Preparations must be made to ensure a good viewing spots for all the evening festivities. Because we love convenience here at Kaimen, we have gone ahead and scouted out all of the best places for you to see the fireworks!

Places where you can sit and dine as you see the beautiful fireworks shine across the gorgeous Singapore skyline. And other areas where you can camp out with friends and family under all the excitement. Because Kaimen knows how well informed people are, we have provided the best restaurants and viewing spots, along with pictures of the type of vantage point you should expect on Singapore National Day 2013!

There are three main different spots to view the fireworks: the area along Fullerton Road, Marina Bay Sands Shoppes, and Marina Bay Theaters on the Bay. We will release each different spots one time at a day so it’s not too much for you.

Link to view:


Marina Bay Sands Shoppes


Fullerton Road

Accessible from the Raffle Place MRT, Fullerton Road provides three different areas to view the fireworks, Custom House, Fullerton Bay Hotel, and One Fullerton.

Fullerton Rd

Custom House


Custom House has a nice selection of restaurants to choose from.
And of course a wonderful area to view the fireworks once they go off.


Outside of the restaurant is a nice viewing podium that has a great view of Marina Bay Sands, the Floating Stadium, and the Fireworks.


Proccai [Italian]

Lovers of Italian foods will appreciate this fine dining gem originally from Florence. High quality traditional Tuscan food and exceptional service is the general norm here. And the incredible wine list here will definitely satisfy everyone’s craving. The romantic scene makes this a great place if you are planning to take your date to see the fireworks. Your evening will be exploding with excitement here.

70 Collyer Quay #01-04
Customs House, Singapore 049323

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Kinki [Japanese]

Kinki, a Japanese restaurant with an urban twist, provides an amazing selection of sushis to choose from. The twist on the other hand is the rooftop bar that will be booming with music as the fireworks above pop. A great place for friends to come together and drink to Singapore’s 48th birthday. Kinki is also providing a deal for table reservations for 8, providing  2 Moet & Chandon bottles, 1 Belvedere bottle and 8 shooters at $600. Or a dining deal to enjoy a 5-Course Dinner at $128 as well as a complimentary glass of wine.

Kinki Restaurant + Bar
70 Collyer Quay #02-02
Customs House, Singapore 049323

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Nueva Cuba [Cuban]

Nueva Cuba “New Cuba” is a great place to sit down and chill with friends. Enjoy some exotic zesty Cuban foods that will wake your senses. At the same time try out some of the signature Cuban drinks or other wide selection of drinks to choose from.  At the end of the night, you’ll be singing together with your buds rejoicing in Singapore’s independence.

Nueva Cuba Bar & Restaurant
70 Collyer Quay #01-03
Customs House, Singapore 049323

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Sabai [Thai]

Sabai brings one of the highest level of fine Thai dining to Singapore. WIth exceptional authentic Thai dishes to choose from. A romantic place with flickering candles, a great place for two or for the whole family. Of course at the same time, the same incredible Thai hospitality. As the night comes to a close, you and your loved ones will remember the spectacular Thai/Singapore infused night.

70 Collyer Quay #01-02
Customs House, Singapore 049323

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Oyster Bar


The Oyster Bar lives up to its name by bringing together amazing seafood with a wide variety of Champagnes, Martinis, and cocktails to choose from. The seafood dishes are served with style, quality, and freshness. The drinks on the other hand are numerous and adventurous. So while you decide on what to eat, you can look beyond the glass surroundings towards Marina Bay Sands.  You can even choose to step outside and lounge on the pier or on the rooftop. The choices here are endless.

Oyster Bar
70 Collyer Quay 01-01
Customs House, Singapore 049323

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Wherever you choose to eat, you will be satisfied and ready to see some fireworks.
Go out onto the podium to watch the magic in the air.

Fullerton Bay Hotel


The Fullerton Bay Hotel shares the same impressive view of Marina Bay Sands like Custom House.

Landing Point [High Tea]


The Landing Point is an exquisite dining place on the ground floor of the Fullerton Bay Hotel known for its Afternoon Tea. A great place to start and refresh before the National Singapore Parade Event. The Landing Point also has a bar for drinks.


Patrons can also come outside to see another great view of the bay.

The Landing Point
The Fullerton Bay Hotel
80 Collyer Quay

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One on the Bund [Chinese]


On the Bund is another fine dining restaurant that will tickle all your senses. It provides the best in Chinese fine dining. And at the same time, you are sitting in a historical landmark which once was a ferry terminal. So while you wait for the fireworks, you can enjoy the beautiful architectural design and enjoy some impeccable Chinese dishes like the Peking Duck. However, once the fireworks begins to shoot off, you can go outside onto the Clifford Pier and continue to enjoy your incredible night.

One on the Bund Restaurant
80 Collyer Quay, Clifford Pier

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Catalunya [Spanish]


If you are in the mood for spanish foods and some great drinks, then come abroad Fullerton Pavillion and enter into Catalunya. You will be walking into a contemporary Spanish restaurant headed by an international team of culinary experts from around the world. While enjoying your evening of fine dining and music, you will be wrapped around by glass giving you an incredible panoramic view of the fireworks above. You will thank yourself at the end of the night.

The Fullerton Pavilion
82 Collyer Quay
Singapore 049327

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After your meal at Catalunya or from the Fullerton Bay Hotel, you are welcome to come on to the Fullerton Pavillion. It’s a large raised platform on top of the Fullerton Pavilion  that brings you up close to the action of the FIreworks and the whole entire bay. The Pavilion is open to public access. Be sure to be there early to find yourself some room to see the fireworks.

One Fullerton


The One Fullerton is a large strip of restaurants side by side that provide great dining and drinking choices with the option of sitting outside. At the same time providing another great view for the Fireworks show.

The Pelican Seafood Bar & Grill [Seafood]


People with a soft spot for seafood should definitely try out the Pelican. It has all the seafood favorites from oysters, clams, crab, prawns, lobster, that can come in a platter or served in adventurous dishes like the Rhode Island Fried Squid. Great for everyone to come together and savor seafood right next to the bay. Or the choice of dining inside the restaurant that evokes the feeling of being on a luxurious yacht. Either way, you’ll set sail on an adventurous journey leading towards your National Day Fireworks.

The Pelican
1 Fullerton Road
Singapore 049214

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Jing [Cantonese]


Jing serves the best contemporary Cantonese cuisine that has an expansive window view that does not obstruct the bay view. For National Day, Jing has a specially crafted a menu by Executive Chef Yang filled with delicious dishes that will make the night even more memorable. Two set menus will be offered from $88 for a minimum of two people.

1 Fullerton Road, #01-02/03
One Fullerton, Singapore 049213

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Overeasy Bar and Diner [American]


A sophisticated modern take on the American diner that brings American comfort food and beer together. The only place you can get breakfast at any part of the day. And a great place to just chill and relax with friends and family as the fireworks go off all around you.

1 Fullerton Road
#01-06 One Fullerton

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Palm Beach Seafood [Seafood]


Looking for some signature Singaporean dish to celebrate National Day to? Then go towards Palm Beach Seafood as the Chinese styled seafood restaurant has the famous Chilli Crab dish. Definitely an excellent way to celebrate National Day with some Chill Crab while under the fireworks.

Palm Beach
1 Fullerton Road
#01-09 One Fullerton

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Boathouse [French]


The 1919 waterboat house is part of Singapore’s heritage. So why not spend National Day in a historical building while having one of the best in French dining. And after you are done, go up stairs to the Prelude Bar to have a drink and a great view of the fireworks.

Boat House
3 Fullerton Road,
#03-01 The Waterboat House,
Singapore 049215

Sounds Delicious!

No matter where you choose.
Kaimen guarantees that you will have a great time with family and friends under the firework lit sky.
We here at Kaimen wish you an amazing National Day!

And to skip the queue, do yourself a favor and use Kaimen to search, reserve, and eat!